Thursday, April 9, 2009

Passover 2009

So here is a run down of our Passover celebration for this year. We don't do a 'traditional' kind of Passover but it is still a very special time to us with us remembering what God did by saving His people the Israelites (you can read about it in Exodus 12) but also how God was pointing us to Jesus and what He was going to do for all mankind. We love how creative God is and how rich the Messianic symbols are throughout His appointed festivals :) Here's what we did in picture form!

The kids all dressed up...

and us as a family....Our beautiful friends Lori and Heiko joined us for the night...

and brought each of us (including baby Z) a red gebera with the red symbolising the blood of the Lamb...While we finished cooking and preparing the meal, the kids watched the Moses the Prince of Egypt DVD. In the movie, there is a part when the SHOFAR is blown which is like a horn that was used to summon the people for battle or worship. Heiko brought over his shofar and let the kids have a turn to blow it when that part in the movie came and they loved it!

Here's Eth having a lesson on how to blow the shofar from Heik...

Brett lights the candles for the table....

And heiko put the red cellophane 'blood' over the doorpost in the kitchen which is what the Israelites were commanded to do with the blood of the lamb that was shed. In the same way it reminds us that Jesus's blood is over our lives...

All sitting down eating our meal together...

which consisted of lamb, bitter herbs, unleavened bread and vegies...

See what Brett is holding up? It's a laminated colouring in sheet with a picture of something about Passover on one side and then how that is fulfilled in Jesus on the other side. I'll share each of these in a minute. But each of us had these as a placemat and there is a prayer written on one side. We each took a turn at holding up both sides of the placemats and then reading out the prayer (of course the little ones needed some help but they enjoyed this part)...

During dinner, Brett read the Passover story to us all...

After dinner, we had a game of 'Go Fish' using picture cards that Stass drew up. I photocopied each card and then stuck them onto a deck of regular playing cards....

Lori and Stassi getting ready to play 'Passover Go Fish'....

After the game we sang a couple of worship songs, 'Light of the World' and 'Behold the Son of Man' and then Brett read out the Last Supper Story and we all took communion together. Each of the kids prayed aloud and gave thanks to Jesus for what He has done for us as our Passover Lamb...

I said I would share what was written on the placemats because this is what we get really excited about - seeing the rich fulfillment of Jesus as our Passover Lamb! ....
Side one tells of the Exodus Passover and Side two tells of Jesus.

Placemat 1.
Side one: Picture of a lamb
Take the Lamb on the 10th Day (Exodus 12:3)

Side two: Picture of Jesus riding on a donkey
"Thank you Jesus for showing us you are the Passover Lamb for mankind when you rode into Jerusalem on the 10th day of Nisan" (John 12:12-19)

Placemat 2.
Side one: Picture of a man painting the blood of the lamb over the doorposts
Put the blood of the lamb over the doorposts (Exodus 12:22)

Side two: Picture of Jesus
"Thank you Jesus that your blood over our lives saves us from eternal death"

Placemat 3.
Side one: Picture of pyramids in Egypt, camels and travellers
God delivered His people out of slavery in Egypt (Exodus 3:17)

Side two: Picture of Jesus carrying the cross
"Thank you Lord for bringing us out of our slavery to sin and for setting us free!" (Galatians 5:1)

Placemat 4.
Side one: Picture of cup of wine and unleavened bread
At Passover we remember that God saved the Israelites from the hand of Pharoah and that Jesus saved us!

Side two:Picture of Jesus at the Last Supper with the disciples
"Thank you jesus for your broken body and your blood shed for us" (Luke 22:19)

Placemat 5.
Side one: Picture of a lamb
Take a lamb without spot or blemish (Exodus 12:5)

Side two: Picture of the cross
"Thank you Jesus that you are our Passover Lamb without spot or blemish and for becoming the sacrifice for us!" ( 1 Corinthians 5:7)

Placemat 6.
Side one: Picture of Matzah (unleavened bread)
Unleavened bread was without yeast (which symbolises sin). By rabbinic decree, it was to be striped, appeared bruised and be pierced too.

Side two: Picture of Jesus carrying the cross
"Thank you Jesus that you were without sin, that you were pierced for our transgressions and that by your stripes Lord we are healed!" (Isaiah 53)

Placemat 7.
Side one: Picture of bitter herbs (Exodus 12:8)

Side two: Picture of a man in chains
"Thank you Lord for freeing us from the bitterness of slavery and we remember the bitterness of your suffering".

Well, I hope and pray you are encouraged and blessed by something you have read today as I share about our Passover celebration!

5 things I am thankful for today:
1. Contractions! I don't know if these will last but they are there nice and strongly as I type :)
2. Psalm 27:1
3. Having Brett home
4. Giggling children when they are not crying from fighting!!!
5. Having fellowship last night with friends from church in our home
Love and many blessings in God to you and your household,


Anonymous said...

I loved reading this blog Lusi. It bought back memories of Maundy Thursday feasts and services when I was a child. I'm just back from church where we passed around an olive branch, silver coins, a sponge dipped in vinegar and a rock symbolising the grave. Very beautiful service. Happy Easter.

Sumara said...

Yay, yay and yay!

YOur Passover looks so lovely. When I grow up, I want to be like you.

Contractions are good! :-D

Nat said...

Thanks for sharing your special dinner together hun. I always look forward to reading about your Passover meal, and what a special year to spend it with friends and make new traditions too.
We had a great day of reflection and traditions today for Good Friday too.
Regardless of how we 'celebrate' this time, its a special time of rememberance of the Lord's plans and sacrifice for US!
Love you.

Tara said...

Looks like you had so much fun!

Cherishing Young Biblical Womanhood said...

Thank you for sharing your passover festivities. You did an awesome job. I have Biblical Holidays. I am reading it this summer and this year really learn how to celebrate these Holy Days. Also, I like your daughters modest bathing suit.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing Lusi, I'm interested in finding out about biblical festivals rather than this commercialism that they loosely tag 'religious'. I will have you in my prayers this week as you draw close to Z's arrival, Love GG


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